Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2014 to 7.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in July 2009 at 10.7% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.7% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 -0.8
Kentucky 7.9% +0.1 -0.4

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in July 2009 at 220,594. There are now 58,351 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 158,545 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,698. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 162,243 +1,681 -9,619

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to March 2014

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7% 7.9% 162,243
February 2014 6.7% 7.8% 160,562
January 2014 6.6% 7.7% 158,545
December 2013 6.7% 7.9% 162,232
November 2013 7.0% 8.1% 165,152
October 2013 7.2% 8.2% 168,210
September 2013 7.2% 8.3% 171,061
August 2013 7.2% 8.4% 173,293
July 2013 7.3% 8.4% 174,263
June 2013 7.5% 8.4% 173,884
May 2013 7.5% 8.3% 172,999
April 2013 7.5% 8.3% 172,299
March 2013 7.5% 8.3% 171,862